Our office partners with the Arizona Public Defender Association each year to host the APDA Annual Conference. The Conference is attended by over 1200 defense attorneys and staff from across the state. There, we offer intensive courses during the preconference on a variety of topics relevant to the defense community, including: Crimmigration, Motivational Interviewing, Social Media Investigation, and Constitutional Capital Jury Selection. At the main conference, we run an average of ten course offerings at a time for three full days, allowing for extensive opportunities for CLE credits on a variety of topics including: Indian law and its intersection with criminal law, search and seizure, incorporating mindfulness into legal practice, and improvisation in the courtroom. Each year we bring a new keynote speaker related to the criminal law field. Speakers have included Dean Strang, known for his defense work in the film Making a Murderer, and Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black memoirist.
Our office provides high-quality training for our employees and other defense attorneys, giving them the necessary resources and tools to provide effective representation.
Most of our courses are taught by experienced employees of our office, and we offer a wide range of specialized and general legal training for lawyers and support staff. Week-long courses offered include:
- Introduction to Criminal Defense
- Pretrial Practice
- Trial Skills
- Advanced Trial Advocacy
- Sex Crimes Defense
- Homicide Defense
- Mental Health College
Quote from Sonia Sotamayor’s dissent in Utah v. Strieff: “We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are ‘isolated.’ They are the canaries in the coal mine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere. They are the ones who recognize that unlawful police stops corrode all our civil liberties and threaten all our lives. Until their voice matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but.”
The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization of Criminal Defense lawyers, law students and associated professionals dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused in the courts and the legislature, promoting excellence in the practice of criminal law through education, training and mutual assistance, and fostering public awareness of citizens’ rights, the criminal justice system and the role of the defense lawyer.
For more information on the AACJ, including membership and their work, visit them at www.aacj.org